Engage youngsters’ natural curiosity with a program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Children and their families can delve into the intriguing worlds of plants, gardens, nature, science, art, and culture. And to further enrich your learning experience, combine your children’s or family program with a visit to the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden and the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, or a walk along our many trails. 

On Saturdays and Sundays from April 19-June 15 and daily beginning June 16, 2014, we present the following activities in the Children’s Garden. Storytime is also presented on Mondays until June 16, when it becomes a daily event. These activities are free with admission; meet in the Story Barn.
        10:00 a.m. – Storytime (Story Barn) – Mondays until June 16; then daily
        11:00 a.m. – Garden Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
        12:30 p.m. – Chicken Feeding (chicken coop)
        2:00 p.m. – Nature Investigations (meets in the Story Barn to start)

Fridays in July and August are Fairy Fridays, with special fairy-related activities. All visitors are invited to join in the fun! 

We also offer nature camps and other exciting learning opportunities for kids of different age groups and interest. We welcome partnerships with schools and teachers, too.

Unless otherwise noted, children’s and family programs require preregistration. To sign up or for more information, check out our schedule on the top right of the homepage, call (207) 633-4333, ext. 101, or stop by the Visitor Center.

Reflected in the Children’s Garden inspired by great children’s books by Maine authors is our devotion to learning and reading. The Story Barn, which has a pig weather vane and spider web taken right out of Charlotte’s Web, contains an astonishing collection of books for young visitors to read there or elsewhere in the garden. If you want to see a list of the books we feature and recommend, many with a Maine “accent,” and even a few in other languages,  please click here.

We’re always looking for new additions for our Story Barn book collection.  If you would like to donate a book or have title suggestions, please call (207) 633-4333.  We accept copies of books or money to cover the cost of purchasing a book.